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According to the New York Post, Sarah Palin deploys a crack team of behind-the-scenes stylists to keep her looking VPILF-able. The confidential crew is sworn to secrecy on their role in Palin’s fashion and beauty regimen. Reports the Post, “Hockey mom Sarah Palin not only wore lipstick to the Republican National Convention, the vice-presidential candidate wore a shantung silk Valentino jacket worth $2,500.”

Shantung? Somebody please translate that into Effin’ Redneck for me, because I don’t even know what that is—-and I live in hoity-toity, fat cat Warshington, D.C. Alas, all Palin style talk is off the table:

One source familiar with Palin’s primping posse told us, “They do not want the American public to know that Palin is using stylists or that she is paying for expensive clothes this early on in the campaign. . . . We spoke to someone on Palin’s styling team, who told us, “I did a little bit of personal styling, but I can’t discuss anything I’ve done with Sarah Palin. I’m not sure which designs she wore . . . anything related to working with her is confidential.”

So either Sarah Palin doesn’t want Michelle Obama stealing her anti-aging tricks, or she’s fallen into a common trap of the attractive candidate: She’s allowed to be pretty as long as the beauty is effortless. Palin’s looks can fly as long as she’s flawless without makeup, classy without cash, and well-coiffed without the John Edwards price tag. The reality, of course, is that it takes a lot of stylists to recreate that just-rolled-out-of-the-PTA-meeting look.